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VIDEO: Search ongoing for tourists after sinking of boat in Thailand


Divers continue to search the wreckage of a tourist boat after is sank in a storm off Thailand’s Phuket Island. The death toll stands at 38.

Rescuers resumed a search for 18 people from the sunken vessel, the Phoenix, which capsized in rough waters on Thursday carrying 93 Chinese tourists and 12 Thai crew and tour guides in one of Thailand's worst recent accidents.

Thirty-eight of those on board have been confirmed dead and 49 rescued, officials said.

Ambulances unloaded bodies at the hospital on Phuket's east coast that received most of the casualties, as staff escorted visibly distressed family members to a waiting room.

The hospital was storing some bodies in a makeshift morgue built from two refrigerated containers, a Reuters reporter at the site said.

"Urgent! The Chinese embassy is calling for 40 freezers," the Thai government said in an appeal, urging potential donors to contact the hospital. Similar calls figured on Chinese social media.

About 20 freezers have been donated, said Jessada Chokdamrongsook, a health ministry official.

Rear Admiral Charoenpol Kumrasri, a deputy commander of the Thai navy, who is helping to lead the rescue effort, said he was confident divers would complete their search of the sunken vessel by Saturday.

"After this evening, if we do not find any more missing in the wreckage, the missing will float to the surface and we will be able to find them," he told reporters.

 

 

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